Stony Brook Medicine News
1/16/2018 Hal Skopicki Appointed Chief of Cardiology in the Department of Medicine and Deputy Director of Operations in the Stony Brook University Heart InstituteDr. Skopicki is a renowned heart failure specialist, who has led the major effort in advancing the care of patients with advanced cardiac disease since his arrival at Stony Brook in 2006. He succeeds Javed Butler, MD, MPH, who is leaving Stony Brook to assume a new position as Chair of Department of Medicine at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine.
11/22/2017 Stony Brook University President's Statement on Tax ReformIn response to recent Congressional tax reform negotiations, Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., said today "As tax reform negotiations continue, I urge leaders in Congress to consider the adverse impacts of proposed provisions on students, research and the State of New York. The provisions proposed would significantly increase costs for graduate students, hurt institutional stability by bringing about a reduction in charitable giving, and result in a decrease in federal funding availability for research and financial aid. In addition, the elimination of the state and local income tax deduction (SALT) would cause a brain drain in New York, resulting in a reduction in state services and support for areas like higher education. Increasing the tax burden on students and universities will make quality higher education less accessible and limit groundbreaking research conducted in the United States.
11/15/2017 White Paper Provides Tools to Manage Opioid Use Disorder in PregnancyA new white paper designed to provide New York State healthcare providers and communities with the tools to manage and reduce opioid use disorder in pregnancy has been released by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), District II. David Garry, DO, a Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, and Co-Chair of the ACOG District II Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnancy Task Force, believes the white paper highlights key solutions that could help women's healthcare providers statewide care for women struggling with addiction and encourage providers to become buprenorphine prescribers.
10/13/2017 Ernest Baptiste Appointed CEO of Stony Brook University HospitalErnest Baptiste, CEO of Kings County Hospital Center, part of the NYC Health + Hospitals, the largest public healthcare system in the United States, will join Stony Brook Medicine as Chief Executive Officer of Stony Brook University Hospital effective November 27, 2107, announced Stony Brook University President, Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD and Sr. Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine, Kenneth Kaushansky, MD. As Baptiste takes on this position, he steps into the vacancy that will result from the bifurcation of the position of hospital CEO and Vice President for Health Systems at Stony Brook held by Dr. Reuven Pasternak. Pasternak will remain at Stony Brook as Vice President for Health Systems to continue to shepherd the increasing number of healthcare interactions underway.
10/4/2017 School of Social Welfare Receives $1.8 Million Grant to Deliver Behavioral Health Screening to UnderservedThe Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare, in collaboration with the School of Nursing, has received a $1.8 million four-year grant to deliver behavioral health screening, brief intervention, and referral to underserved populations within Suffolk County, NY. The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) grant integrates the education and training of social work and nursing graduate students and is designed to expand the existing services at selected Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program (DSRIP) sites and regional mental health agencies.
9/27/2017 Stony Brook Leads Health Sciences Program in Project Establishing a Sustainable Village in HaitiStony Brook University is one of the 10 State University of New York (SUNY) campuses and five non-for-profit organizations establishing a sustainable village and learning community in Akayè, Haiti. The project is being supported by an $800,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Stony Brook University is the lead campus for the health sciences component of the initiative.
9/14/2017 Dr. James A. Vosswinkel Named First Endowed Professor of Trauma SurgeryJames A. Vosswinkel, MD, Chief of Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care, and Medical Director of the Stony Brook Trauma Center and Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Stony Brook Medicine, was named the inaugural Lillian and Leonard Schneider Endowed Professor in Trauma Surgery at a Stony Brook University investiture ceremony on September 7, 2017.
9/6/2017 New Cardiac Cath Lab Brings Lifesaving Care to the North and South ForksOn Tuesday, September 5, Stony Brook Medicine opened a fully-operational cardiac catheterization laboratory at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, making it the only facility on the East End of Long Island capable of providing clinically complex care to critically ill heart patients. Services offered include cardiac catheterization, angioplasty, stenting, intravascular ultrasound, and Impella®, a treatment to improve blood flow in heart failure patients requiring care in the lab.
8/21/2017 LI Natives, international Students Make up Diverse Group of Incoming Med StudentsFuture physicians took the Hippocratic Oath and donned physician-in-training white coats for the first time at Stony Brook University's traditional White Coat Ceremony, the 20th annual event held on August 13 at the Student Activities Center. The incoming class of 136 students is the largest in the school's history. The Class of 2021 is a diverse group with varied backgrounds ranging from Long island natives to international students.
8/1/2017 Stony Brook Welcomes Southampton Hospital to Its System Stony Brook University welcomed Southampton Hospital, hereafter known as Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, as a member of the Stony Brook Medicine health system, announced Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, President, and Ken Kaushansky, MD, Senior Vice President for the Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine. As such, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital will now provide care under Stony Brook University Hospital’s New York State operating license.
7/28/2017 Stony Brook University Hospital Recognizes Volunteers at Annual LuncheonOn Wednesday, July 12, Stony Brook University Hospital held its annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon at the Hilton Garden Inn. All hospital volunteers were invited to attend and received acknowledgement for the countless hours they donate to the hospital. Many volunteers received awards for reaching service milestones ranging from 100 to 16,500 hours of service.
7/12/2017 Stony Brook Medicine Named to 2017 "Most Wired" List for Ninth Consecutive YearIn recognition of its innovative use of technology to drive efficiencies and improve both care and the patient experience, Stony Brook Medicine has earned the 'Most Wired®' designation from the Hospitals & Health Networks and the American Hospital Association for the ninth consecutive year.
6/30/2017 Tips from Trauma Center to Stay Safe this Fourth of July WeekendIn the spirit of the Fourth of July holiday this weekend, experts at Stony Brook University Trauma Center and the Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center at Stony Brook Medicine offer burn prevention tips for party-goers to stay safe while having fun.
5/22/2017 New MDs Enter Medical Profession in Age of Technology and GlobalizationOne hundred and twenty-six Stony Brook University School of Medicine 2017 graduates will soon launch their careers as physicians. The Class received their MD degrees during the School's 43nd Convocation, presided over by Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, Senior Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine. The new physicians, who gathered at the Convocation Ceremony in a packed Staller Center on May 18, begin their residency training in July.
5/19/2017 Dr. Kenneth Kaushansky Installed as Chair of GNYHAKenneth Kaushansky, MD, Senior Vice President for the Health Sciences at Stony Brook University and Dean of Stony Brook University School of Medicine, was installed as the 2017-2018 Chair of the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) Board of Governors on May 16, 2017, at GNYHA's Annual Meeting and Reception.
5/11/2017 Stony Brook-Mentored HOPE Program Inspires Students from Underserved High Schools to Follow Careers in HealthcareFifteen high school seniors from the Brentwood, Longwood, and Wyandanch school districts celebrated their "graduation" from Stony Brook Medicine's Health Occupations Partnership for Excellence (HOPE) Program at a ceremony on May 9, 2017, in the Stony Brook University Health Sciences Tower.
5/5/2017 First of Its Kind Case of Craniosynostosis in Triplets, Surgically Repaired at Stony Brook Children's HospitalAmy and Michael Howard of Center Moriches couldn't believe when they heard that they were having triplets, but the surprises didn't stop there. Shortly after birth, the first time parents found out in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Stony Brook Medicine that all three of their babies -- Jackson, Hunter, and Kaden -- had Craniosynostosis, a congenital premature fusion of one or more sutures on a baby's skull.
4/28/2017 Nationally Recognized Medical Educator Named to NBME Executive BoardLatha Chandran, MD, MPH, the Miriam and David Donoho Distinguished Teaching Professor and Vice Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, has been elected to a four-year term as an executive board member of the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME).
4/19/2017 US Veterans With Heart Disease and Depression Face Difficulties Affording HealthcareA study of more than 13,000 veterans with heart disease revealed that for those who also had depression, gaining access to and affording healthcare and medications is more difficult than those without depression. Led by Puja Parikh, MD, MPH, an interventional cardiologist at the Stony Brook University Heart Institute, the study findings magnify the importance of assessing issues related to veterans with heart disease and concomitant mental health disease.
4/11/2017 Stony Brook WTC Wellness Program Receives $60 Million from NIOSHThe Stony Brook University WTC Wellness Program, led by Benjamin Luft, MD, the Edmund D. Pellegrino Professor of Medicine in the Stony Brook University School of Medicine, has received a five year federal grant totaling more than $60 million. Awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the grant comes at a time when the WTC Wellness Program continues to expand its medical services to patients and is relocating later this month to a larger clinical space in Stony Brook Medicine's new specialty care facility in Commack, NY.